#atozchallenge, S is for Sweet Pea…

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Did you know each month has a birth flower associated with it, just like each month has its own birthstone?   One of April’s flowers is the sweet pea, pictured above.  While sweet peas signify blissful pleasure, on the other hand they are also used to say good-bye.

But one good-bye aspect of the sweet pea is desirable, as their fragrance repels flies!

Sweet peas have been noted in history as far back as 17th century Italy when Franciscus Cupani, a Sicilian monk, sent sweet pea seeds to England.  Although the original sweet pea bore little resemblance to the flower we know today, when Harry Eckford, a Scottish nurseryman, crossbred the original flower, he created the colorful, sweetly scented sweet pea we now see.

Sweet peas come in many shades of pink, scarlet and lavender.

The other April flower, the daisy, conveys innocence, loyal love, and purity.  Yet, it is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.”

Daisies are believed to date back about 4,000 years and the name derived from Day’s Eye, because of the way the flowers open and close with the sun.  Colorful blooming daisies are definitely associated with the arrival of spring.

Not an April baby?  Find all the birth month flowers and their meanings here.

 

~Diane D.                                                  Photo from almanac.com

(My A to Z challenge theme is birthdays.)

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47 responses

  1. My daughter’s an April baby. 18 in one week!

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    1. Oh, that’s an exciting day! Bet you can’t believe she will be that age. Happy birthday from our family to her!

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      1. Thank you Diane. Yes, I can’t believe my baby will be 18 soon. Very exciting.

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  2. We grow sweet peas in our garden every year. They’re a quick-growing, beautiful flower. Great choice!

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    1. Thank you! I need to plant some here 🙂

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  3. Most pleasing fragrance…..They can really brighten up a garden with colour and fragrance….Lovely! Hugs!

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  4. I was pretty sure one of mine was rose and I was right. (Why on earth did I remember that??) Funny, I have many favorites that I prefer over roses. 🙂 And the sweet pea is lovely! Repels flies? Even better!

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    1. Who knew? I may have to plant some…

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      1. Also interesting that roses are kind of high-maintenance. Hahaha. 😀

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      2. Oh yes, how could I forget that significant fact? 😀

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      3. That’s why I’m here, to remind you, hah! You are a wonderful contradiction of beautifully soft and hysterically sharp!

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  5. I didn’t know there was also a flower for each month! lovely

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  6. What a cool thing to learn about! I’m marigold and cosmos – October. Soem of the last blooms of the season. Love it!

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  7. You know I am an April baby just like you. I had no idea of the sweet pea. Thank you for educating me on this.

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    1. I knew it, but the background was interesting to research. I may plant some this year!

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      1. If you do post the pics.

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  8. Elizabeth Helmich | Reply

    How beautiful! I almost never see these, thanks for the info on them. Mine are relatively rare too, the Lily of the Valley next month!

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    1. Thanks, they are pretty. I don’t know if I’ve seen the actual flowers of either yours or mine. I’m thinking of planting sweet peas this year if I can find them or seeds. Happy early birthday!

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      1. Elizabeth Helmich

        What are yours? (Apologies if you mentioned it…). That is a fabulous idea – plant my own. Now why didn’t I ever think of that?? 😉

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      2. Mine are sweet peas but I don’t know that I’ve seen them growing

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  9. I didn’t know there was a birth flower. Thank you for the link. What a fun post. I look forward to reading them each day.

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    1. Thanks so much! Some letters are tougher than I thought they’d be 🙂

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  10. I didn’t know that. I always like when I learn something new. I write it down in my journal of, “Things I didn’t know and learned today.” I really do have a journal of every kind ❤

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    1. See, I knew you were uber organized!

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  11. You made me smile which has been a challenge for today except when I thought about the Blackhawks winning last night 😉

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    1. Thank goodness, right? Hope things are better tomorrow for you!

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      1. Life is good, just challenging right now. Dad’s health is not good…I’m praying a lot of Rosary’s ❤

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      2. I’m so sorry. Sending prayers and hugs!

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      3. Thank you, it’s not easy when your parents get older and I’ve never dealt with anything like this before. He has cancer and it’s not good 😦 I’m just going to keep praying…<3

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      4. No, it’s not easy. Do you have siblings to help? I was lucky that I did, but I know daughters have a lot of the responsibility it seems

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      5. I do but we are all over the country. Cali,Colorado,Missouri and here I am in Illinois…Have to deal with the 2nd wife, who does not like any of us and has done her best to separate us from him.

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      6. Oh, that does make things difficult, I’m sure. Even tho my brothers were working and didn’t have as much time, they helped a lot with visiting my mom on the weekends, etc. She died a couple of years ago and the last four years or so she lived in assisted living. I’m sure it’s hard for everyone involved

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      7. It is but the husband keeps me going…

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      8. It’s good he’s supportive. Mine, too!

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      9. The love of my life, 37 years, been together 40 since I was 16. I was a junior in high school and he was a junior in college at Northwestern 🙂 Our kids always laugh and say that would be illegal now ❤

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      10. Hah! My hubby is 12 years older than me! But I wasn’t 16 when I met him, lol

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      11. I guess they just like younger woman or we must be into older men 🙂 Either way, it’s good when you hear other’s also love the whole marriage thing and it’s working for them. So many don’t …

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  12. She’s horrible, I’m sorry to say and has just made this situation worse. If that’s possible.

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    1. Oh, that’s terrible. What a shame

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      1. It is but like the husband says, “Time wounds all heals 😉 “

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